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Tottenham MP David Lammy slams benefits cap programme
The MP for Tottenham has hit out at government plans to cap benefits in Haringey before much of the rest of the country.
This month the Government announced the national introduction of a £500-a-week benefit cap would only be initially introduced in London boroughs of Haringey, Enfield, Bromley and Croydon.
Hitting out at the proposals that will be rolled out in April, David Lammy said: “Treating Haringey residents as guinea pigs for the benefit cap experiment is grossly unfair.
“They’re testing a frequently-warned-against cut on an area with the third highest eviction and repossession rate in the UK and placing an extra burden on a council that is already dealing with unprecedented cuts to its budget.
“Because of the continuous nature of the London metropolitan area, we are left with a ludicrous scenario in which residents on one side of the street will have their benefits slashed while residents in on the other side, in another borough, will continue as normal.”
According to figures from the Department of Work and Pensions, up to 1,300 households in Haringey will be affected by the changes that would see benefits limited to £26,000 a year.